Finland recently compiled a National Inventory of Living Heritage. While sauna, Santa Claus and Finnish tango seem obvious to everyone who has had any contact with Finland, other entries on the list are probably less familiar.
Finnish circus culture and the Kaustinen folk fiddling style are among the heritage elements included (Kaustinen is a town about 450 kilometres (280 miles) north of Helsinki). The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture selects from the inventory when making nominations for inclusion in Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage listings.
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